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For the Best Food in Bangkok, Hit the Streets

Regarding Kintsukori's comment about Indonesia -- if you go to see Borobudur and Prambanan near Yogyakarta (Java), be sure to check out the bird market in town -- it's one of the most incredible markets I've ever seen, but not for the feint of heart nor for card-carrying PETA members. It's also an open-air food market, and it will amaze you (both positively and negatively) beyond your expectations. If you need a guide let me know -- I have a excellent one who can take you anywhere.

For the Best Food in Bangkok, Hit the Streets

Kenji, Great article -- takes me back to my fun-filled days combing the streets of BKK -- including Soi 38, Chinatown, along the river and in so many other great areas. I've had the same mango sticky rice at the same place as you did -- excellent. And down at the very end of Soi 38 there is a soup woman beneath a little tree mankind what to me was by far the best food along that bustling strip. There are so many no-name little indents alongs the streets and alleys throughout BKK. I love the countless pushcarts selling fresh pomegranate juice when it's in season -- and the way they make it is very cool to watch. One of the most exciting urban food areas -- ugh, makes me soooo homesick for Asia.... Enjoy! K

The Serious Eats Guide to Shopping for Asian Noodles

Hi gamingwithbaby, Thanks for the comments and questions. I agree with what Kenji is saying -- it's really a dish rather than a unique noodle. And the noodle/flavor packs are, indeed, pre-fried and dried. The result is as Kenji stated, and the only thing I would add to that is that the noodles--because of their pre-frying--are pretty high in calories before you even open the pack or add the flavoring (which if is in the package is also very high in sodium). Bottom line: Kenji's mother did it best and made it from "scratch." Sure wish I could have grown up on such awesome eats! Thanks, Kenji, for your input on this. K.

The Serious Eats Guide to Shopping for Asian Noodles

johnnytakes5 -- Oops... that's STRAITSGOURMET.COM (as in Straits Chinese). Seem's I'm having all sorts of typo issues today.... K

The Serious Eats Guide to Shopping for Asian Noodles

Hey johnnytakes5, I just saw your question to Kenji from a few weeks ago about finding kaya in the US. You can order it from a very cool couple I recently met who are importing certain foods from Singapore. Contact Jeremy & Kelly at info@straightsgourmet.com and they can send it to you. If you want, include coupon code Woo2014 for a 14% discount. They lived in SG for a few years and are now back in the States, importing (read: no high shipping costs). Their stuff is the real deal, available in stores in SG, but not here. And their kaya is direct from SG. Tell them I mentioned it to you -- I have no interest in what they do, but would love to let them know that I support their efforts. Enjoy. Kevin
ps, Oh yeah, and sorry about the typo on "banh"....

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